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Paddling ergo resource

Paddling ergo resource pack Linking to computers An ergo can be linked to a computer to give a lot of information and feedback to the paddler. Both machines are capable of being connected, with additional interfaces, to a computer to give much more accurate and comprehensive feedback. The Australian K1 Ergo has a more sophisticated ‘speedo’ than the Lawler ergo, with stroke rate and power output as well as speed and distance being displayed. For the beginner there is little need for the Speedo to be used as the machine will be very much used for technique training and development. In general practice it is preferable to use the ergo ‘built-in’ Speedos when time trials are being done, One of the ‘packages that has been developed to give greater and better information and feedback is ’PaddleMonitor’ PaddleMonitor software has been developed to give coaches and paddlers unrivalled feedback on paddling performance issues in combination with the Lawler paddling ergo. This combination of paddling machine and software has been chosen by the GB Olympic Sprint Team as their ‘off water’ performance monitoring system leading up to the Beijing Games. The ‘PaddleMonitor’ Software can be used in conjunction with the ‘K1 ergo’, but this has to be upgraded with a flywheel from the ‘Lawler’ ergo. The screenshot shows the situation at the end of the 766th stroke (top right), 8mins 34sec into a 2000m time trial (195.7 metres left to go). As the paddler started on the right, all even numbered strokes were made on the left. The force curve (blue) for this stroke is shown on the graph along with the variation in boat speed (red) throughout the stroke. The items on the right show 10 values for this specific stroke, plus the average Paddle monitor software

paddling ergo resource pack values for the run so far. These include items such as stroke rate, stroke length, power output, drive ratio (ratio of stroke to recovery time) The target for this trial was a 500 metre pace of 2m 22s, and 500 metre splits were selected. The bottom red bar indicates the pace for the whole piece is slower than required. The 500 metre ‘splits’ bar above that shows the pace during the final 500 metres is above that required. At the end of the run each stroke can reviewed if necessary (that’s all of about 840 for this run!). Information can be exported in the form of text files for the importation into a spreadsheet for further analysis. The software runs on a PC using the Microsoft XP (Home or Pro) operating system. The upgrade of a Lawler machine to with PaddleMonitor involves calibrating the flywheel, addition of extra sensor magnets, and the fitting of a new pick-up sensor. Warm ups Warm-ups are fun activities and should be done before a work-out or training session. The warm-up has several functions. • • • Avoidance of injury, Improving performance, Increasing flexibility, • preparing the body for the activity to come. The warm up should initially gently raise the heart rate, this can be through gentle jogging, some interactive ball games, skipping. Ice breaking games. Carried out for about 5 minutes, followed by gentle stretching exercises these should be all over stretches, taking care to stretch muscles over the whole body not just the arms! Followed by some kayak specific activity, ether in a boat or on a Paddling Ergo. It is important to remember that the more intense the training or event activity is likely to be, the longer time should be taken over the warm up. 11

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